Evening Sports Update

SOCCER

Celtic manager Brendan Rodgers says his players have shown in the past that they can deliver a big performance when it’s needed.

The Scottish treble winners are in Greece for tonight’s second leg against AEK Athens in the third round of Champions League qualifying.


The teams drew 1-all last week to give Celtic’s opponents a crucial away goal.

Kick off is at 7pm.

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Dedrick Boyata has not travelled to Greece with the Celtic squad but insists he’s not refusing to play because he was refused a transfer away from the club.

The Belgium defender had been heavily linked with a move to Fulham and his agent claimed earlier that his client didn’t want to ‘risk’ himself.

But Boyata says he’s not playing because he’s not 100 per cent fit.

 

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All the tickets have been snapped up for the Liam Miller Tribute match.

Organisers have confirmed that 45-thousand tickets for the fundraiser at Pairc Ui Chaoimh have now been sold.

Republic of Ireland, Celtic and Manchester United legends will play on the afternoon of September 25th to remember the former Ireland midfielder who passed away from cancer aged 36 earlier this year.

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Republic of Ireland international Graham Burke could make his first start for Preston this evening.
The former Shamrock Rovers striker came off the bench to make his competitive debut in Saturday’s Championship defeat to Swansea.

Manager Alex Neil is expected to make a number of changes for their League Cup opener against League Two Morecambe.

That is one of 34 first round ties down for decision tonight.

Aston Villa and Yeovil Town and Norwich and Stevenage will be meeting for the very first time.

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Chelsea midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko’s joined AC Milan on loan until the end of the season.

The Italian club have the option to make the deal permanent.

The France international signed from Monaco for 40-million pounds last summer, but struggled to become a regular at Stamford Bridge.

GAELIC GAMES

Wexford hurling manager Davy Fitzgerald is set for a third season in charge of the team.

The three-time former All-Star goalkeeper has agreed to stay as the Models’ boss for the 2019 season – following talks with his panel.

12 players reportedly travelled to Fitzgerald last weekend to convince him to commit for another year and Wexford County Board say they’re ‘delighted’ he’s chosen to stay on.

Since taking over in 2017, he’s steered the Models to promotion to Division One A of the League and a Leinster Hurling Final but their 2018 campaign ended with defeat to his native Clare in the All-Ireland quarter-finals.

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Stephen Rochford decided to remain in charge of Mayo’s footballers for a fourth campaign.

The 39-year-old has told the panel and Mayo chairman Mike Connelly that he’ll serve the second season of the two-year extension he agreed last October.

Rochford will have a new-look backroom team for next year with coaches Donie Buckley and Peter Burke stepping away from their roles.

 

 

AFL

Dublin’s James Madden has signed a two-year contract with the Brisbane Lions.

The Ballyboden St Enda’s clubman impressed the Lions by breaking the A-F-L combine records in the agility test and the 20-metre sprint.

Madden was part of the Leinster winning Dublin minor football team this summer and he also played under-20 for his county.
 

 

ATHLETICS

Ciara Mageean says it was ‘bittersweet’ to finish fourth in Sunday’s 15-hundred metres final at the European Championships.

The Portaferry runner narrowly missed out medalling at successive Europeans when she was pipped for bronze by Laura Weightman of Great Britain.

Mageean says she couldn’t quite kick on in the closing stages. 

FORMULA ONE

Spain’s Fernando Alonso will quit Formula One at the end of the season.

The 37 year-old McLaren driver, who is a two-time world champion, has not won a Grand Prix in five years.

Alonso is making the switch to the Indy Car Series.

He’s aiming to win the sport’s ‘triple crown’ – adding the Indy500 title to his Le Mans and Monaco Grand Prix successes.

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